confuse

by firaer
(Wharton tx)

My daughter has been playing ball for several years now, she played baseball for5 yrs, making the all star team every year, at twelve and thirteen she played both softball and baseball, now that dhe is in high school her coach wants her to switch to bat left handed to take advantage of her speed, here I have a girl that hit a baseball bettet than most of the boys, hit home runs out of the little League ballpark, now high school coach wsnts her to switch, OH WR ARE A 2a division high school.is this ok?

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by: Dan

Confused:

My girls are out of the high school ball years so I can be very objective with my statements. I have found that there are good coaches and not so good coaches. I have also found that there are good coaches that sometimes over think things. The key for you is whether or not the coach will even speak to you. If you can speak with her/him, then try to understand why (s)he thinks your daughter should bat lefty, other than because she is fast. Does the coach not believe she can be effective batting right handed? Does he see her as the leadoff/2 hitter? Does the coach want her to bat exclusively left handed? If exclusively left handed, then I think the coach is over thinking. If it is just one more weapon in your daughter's arsenal, then it is a good thing.

So you know, I currently coach a 12U team. There are several girls we are teaching to slap form the left side. This is so that the girls will have another way of putting pressure on the other team. This is not an exclusive thing, but a weapon in the arsenal.

Make sure the coach understands your daughter's past success, but be open to developing options where your daughter can excel and have multiple ways to become an important cog in the high school team.

Good luck!

Dan

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